I’m A Celebrity shock as Strictly’s Arlene Phillips is evicted in first brutal public vote


I’M A Celeb said goodbye to its first star tonight – as Arlene Phillips was given the boot from the TV castle.

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly revealed the former Strictly Come Dancing judge would be packing their bags after a public vote.

Arelene Phillips was the first star to be voted out of I’m A Celebrity by the public

Viewers had their first chance to get rid of a celebrity at the start of tonight’s show and chose Arlene, who is the series’ oldest ever contestant at 78.

Speaking to Ant and Dec after they delivered the public’s verdict, she said she was disappointed with the news.

The star said: “I’ve psyched myself up and was so prepared for it. I was ready to take the trials when I had to.

“I’d focused on why I was doing this and what I wanted to achieve for my granddaughter to show I was fearless. But it is hard.”

In past years, the first exit has taken place after just 10 days but this year things are different due to Richard Madeley being forced to quit and the series being taken off-air amid Storm Arwen.

Viewers usually vote for who they want to be King or Queen of the castle and the person with the fewest will be axed.